American golf sensation 23-year-old Jordan Spieth, making his fifth start in the Shell Houston Open gave an interview discussing the upcoming Masters at Augusta National Golf Club and fellow countryman Dustin Johnson.
With Johnson winning the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play on Sunday and is leading the points charts at a massive 627.29, Spieth who is ranked 6th in the world considers Johnson the top rival.
When asked Jordan, who would be a more legitimate favorite for next week to play Augusta, Spieth said “I think Dustin Johnson is the guy to beat in golf no matter where you are. Put him anywhere, I think just about anybody would agree with that. He’s the guy to beat. But If I play my best golf, I believe that I can take down anybody, and you have to believe that. But I think that he is the guy that everyone is saying he’s playing the best golf in the world right now.”
Spieth, when asked, if he is somewhat surprised at how quickly Dustin has escalated his playing standards he replied, “Not the slightest bit. I believe you guys can all attest I called this and am I wrong? I mentioned this going back years- Dustin Johnson is probably the most talented player and it’s a matter of time. Once he gets that click and whether it was the U.S. Open or it was probably was the U.S. Open, looking back on it now. He just got over that hurdle, and whatever free-up he needed that we didn’t need him to have, he got.
He further added “And I mean, I’m not trying to say told you so but I called this, and I have been quoted as doing so before. So I’m not in the least bit surprised that he is the guy to beat. And it’s going to be very difficult at this point, considering he was No. 1 and he’s won two world golf championship in two starts[ other being Genesis Open]. So I’m pretty sure he’s got a big lead now.
“Major championships have huge weight, and I’m not focused on trying to win Majors to get to No. 1 anymore. It’s just trying to do it, to do it. So, that side of things, getting No. 1 isn’t the pressure that I feel, but that’s the only way to take big strides towards him[Johnson] because I don’t think he’s letting up anytime soon.”